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Top 5 Must-Haves For WordPress Beginners

  1. Solid, affordable, hosting, with amazing 24/7 live support - Our no-brainer pick here is SiteGround

  2. A domain that tells your audience what you do - ideally, the .com version of your business name, if you can snag it - Search for this on Namecheap, for better prices AND service than GoDaddy (you can even search on the go, with their awesome mobile app!)

  3. A flexible theme that allows you to easily edit your design and add content - Try the #1 Visual Builder for WordPress, Divi by Elegant Themes for ultimate flexibility, along with some gorgeous starter templates

  4. A child theme, so that you can edit the design, without losing your customizations when you update the parent theme (we explain more about what this all means) - We LOVE the selection of themes (and layouts, and plugins) at Divi Theme Store, Divi Life, and Divi Cake

  5. A professional business address (aka you@YourNewDomain.com). This is important, because it will give site visitors a way to reach you, will designate a specific address for any on-site forms to go to, and will ensure that email from your site doesn't otherwise end up in a SPAM folder. This will often happen when the @ domain for the site admin (that's you!) doesn't match the domain of the site. G-Suite is your best bet here - for just $5 a month you'll score 30GB of storage in Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and an unlimited number of email aliases, should you choose to configure any (see our write up for more on that!).

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SiteGround - Our #1 Choice For WordPress Hosting

SiteGround - Our #1 Choice For WordPress Hosting

Click here to get started, and run your own website for just $3.95/mo!

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Namecheap - Swoop up your domain, and get your business going!

Namecheap - Swoop up your domain, and get your business going!

Namecheap - Build Your Own WP's choice for a GoDaddy alternative, they boast better prices (they offer FREE WhoIS protection, which trust us, is huge), better support, an awesome mobile app, and more TLDs than you'll ever need!

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The #1 Visual Builder for WordPress - Offering far more flexible design and functionality than Squarespace or Wix.

The #1 Visual Builder for WordPress - Offering far more flexible design and functionality than Squarespace or Wix.

Check out DIVI - the #1 visual builder for WordPress! Wix and Squarespace may market themselves as flexible, easy, and super-DIY friendly, but the reality is, WordPress is far superior to both, for anyone looking to customize a website, and grow a business. Read our tutorials for more, or take our word for it and check out Divi! There's a slight learning curve, but their awesome blog and helpful videos and docs will help you get your site up and running in no time - as will the wealth of resources the Divi community generously donates in the way of helpful CSS snippets and forum responses!

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G Suite - A Must-Have For Any Professional Business

G Suite - A Must-Have For Any Professional Business

It's so simple to set up your own business email address these days, that NOT doing so reflects poorly on the perceived professionalism of your endeavor. While there ARE free services out there (Zoho comes to mind here), for $5/month you can have a G Suite account, with all of the benefits that an affiliation with Google comes with - including simple integration with higher level tools like Google Search Console and Google Tag Manager, as well as TONS of cloud storage space

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Divi Child Theme Store

Divi Child Theme Store

A child theme, so that you can edit the design, without losing your customizations when you update the parent theme (we explain more about what this all means) - We LOVE the selection of themes (and layouts, and plugins) at Divi Theme Store, Divi Life, and Divi Cake.